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 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    January 21, 2021 

Editor's Notebook

After writing a weekly column for the better part of five decades, I fear I repeat my stories all too frequently, and with the continuing pandemic and an attempt to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus, I’m not acquiring new stories. Last week a...

 

Country Roads

With the country sides being so dry from the lack of moisture, and the high winds of last week, several severe fires swept across the farmlands for miles. Some of these terrible fires were local and as some of the farmsteads and homes were being evac...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    January 21, 2021 

Puffs

I'd like to report I got shot Monday . . . but I'm doing just fine. The same happened to Nancy and she is doing just fine as well. You see, with all the talk about the COVID-19 vaccine and the "who,...

 

Country Roads

Living on a farmstead has a lot of pluses. Some of those are the panoramic views provided every day and night. When either standing outside or looking out the farmhouse window, the sights are almost unbelievable. There are no city views of tall...

 

Editor's Notebook

I grew up believing I lived in the world’s melting pot, a place where people of various races and backgrounds came together and made decisions which benefited the majority. I counted among my friends people from Nigeria, India, Iraq, Hong Kong,...

 

Puffs

Puffs Tommy Lasorda . . . I suspect that unless you’re a baseball fan of a certain age, you are not familiar with the name. However, I can remember his name very well and remember him as the coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a member of the...

 

My Crazy Life

Almost every year for the past nine years, George and I have been in Omaha many a new year. Whether it be for the end of the year meetings or our visitations with the boys, we have often found ourselves in Omaha. This year the boys came here, and...

 

Editor's Notebook

Richard Schmeling, a frequent contributor to this newspaper sent a story about his Aunt Freda and slip-on seat covers she installed on her new Pontiac with the expectation when it came time to trade-in the car. it would be worth more. His story...

 

Country Roads

No, I do not have a New Year’s Resolution. I am just thankful to get beyond 2020 and into 2021. Now what’s to say 2021 will be any better? I don’t have an answer for that question but it’s at times like this it would be good to be able to...

 

Puffs

Puffs 2020 . . . The year will not be the first, nor the last, to be cursed, and blessed. (I’m afraid from the current generations, more cursing than blessings.) However, we do move on and many of us will remember 2020 as the year of the battle ....

 

My Crazy Life

Well, ya’all, 2021 did not bring with it the magical reset button I’m sure many of us hoped it would. I’ve never really understood the whole “New year, new me” concept. I’ve always found it to be a pain in the tuchus. I have to buy a new...

 

Editor's Notebook

Late Sunday a friend shared on social media an experience she had earlier that evening. Her dog was incessantly barking and keeping the household awake. On a bright moonlight night, she got up and went, while dressed in her pj’s and house...

 

Country Roads

It’s time for to do a “year in review” but do we really want to take a look back on 2020? We’ve heard it over and over, “this year will certainly be a year to remember.” The year started out fairly normal with New Year’s Eve 2020...

 

My Crazy Life

Looking back over the last 12 months, it’s hard to believe it has only lasted 365 days. Many changes have taken place in such a short time, not just for us, but for the whole world. It seems like every country in the world had a stake in our...

 

Editor's Notebook

n my 50 years with The Express, I’ve investigated a number of ideas that were to bring new revenue to the newspaper business. Most have not lived up to their projections although some were ahead of their time. One of the first was the copy...

 

Country Roads

Christmas memories are showing up this week. There are the memories of the Oak Creek country school’s Christmas programs that were prepared in songs, poems, and making those special gifts for our parents. The little stage area in the one room schoo...

 

My Crazy Life

This past week has been a bust. Thursday morning, as I climbed from my bed, I immediately fell back onto it. Vertigo is a horrible thing. I thought the sensation would pass, but by afternoon it was evident that it would not. I’ve had this before,...

 

Esbon

In Esbon, we believe in Santa Claus! Along with the children’s letters, I’ve included one of my most favorite articles, I do hope you will enjoy it and remember how magical this time of year...

 

Editor's Notebook

In recent days I watched part of a 45 minute long video in which a hobbyist restored a Maytag gasoline engine. In the nearly 40 years the Maytag Company of Newton, Iowa, manufactured engines, several...

 

Country Roads

Not knowing if any or all of our family are coming to stay part of the Christmas season at our home, left me trying to figure out just how much decorating I should do this year of the COVID virus. This time of the year most all of our children and...

 

My Crazy Life

George started work today! After 12 weeks, it is sure nice to have my house back to myself for even a few hours a day. You won’t hear me complain about missing him anymore because he works just across town—a welcomed change. This morning, I...

 

Editor's Notebook

While talking with a subscriber on Monday, it was suggested I should write more about my life and the business my family operated on a hill overlooking Superior. I thanked her for the suggestion but noted it has been nearly 50 years since I lived on...

 

Country Roads

I don’t know if it’s just me but it seems it gets harder and harder to find anything fit to watch on television. Oh, there are some good shows but fewer of them. My husband and I have found ourselves watching the golden oldies or as I’d rather...

 

Love my Crazy Life

This past weekend was quiet—a big change from the two previous. I miss the commotion. George and Jacob have decided to start renovations in the laundry room, so I won’t miss it for long. The laundry room was once the kitchen, an add-on years...

 

Editor's Notebook

Miniseters have long asked people to remember the true meaning of Christmas but it hard to combat the commercialization of the holiday. While we try to maintain some degree of normal, this year all holidays are different. Earlier this week, a friend...

 

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